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January 14, 2019

Shutdown Increases Cybersecurity Risk, Consultants can Help

If you're a hacker, your time is now. Sure, every year, the opportunities for cybercriminals to commit crime increases as new exploits are uncovered and the dark web becomes littered with ever-more credentials.

Thanks to the government shutdown however, the U.S. has made it easier than ever for hackers to hack. This is because, many of the Department of Homeland Security employees responsible for civilian cybersecurity efforts, including threat analysis and sharing information with private industry, have been furloughed. 45% of key cybersecurity staff have been furloughed in fact.

In other words, it’s even better to get into the cybercrime game than ever before.

And for the first time, US companies and the Federal government is more vulnerable – relative to other countries.

If this weren’t bad enough, 85 percent of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s staff members are furloughed during the shutdown, a terrifying number given the central importance of NIST security and privacy standards for not just government agencies but also many private companies.

Former ITEXPO keynoter Nick Bilogorskiy, cybersecurity strategist at Juniper Networks, suggested furloughing cybersecurity analysts creates a vulnerability for government networks. “As we all know, the top problem in security today is the shortage of trained cybersecurity professionals, and the cybersecurity skills shortage was already getting worse in 2018 with millions of unfilled cybersecurity jobs.”

And this is backed up by the latest ESG cybersecurity survey which reports problematic shortages of cybersecurity skills. Sadly, we just passed the 50% mark:









As bad as things are getting in the world of cybersecurity workers, they are even worse on corporate boards where experts say only about 2 in 10 CEOs can provide an explanation of what their chief information security officer (CISO) does.

As a result of these challenges, 53 percent of companies will increase their use of cybersecurity consultants

The bottom line is – if you have an office where accessing and retaining tech talent was tough, 2019 will be even worse.

As always, fortune favors the prepared. Consider MSPs like Apex Technology Services  as a key IT and cybersecurity partner.

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